The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 50 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Degree Program Core: 23 units

8 courses required:

THEA 100 Theatre Forum 1.0 FA
THEA 150 Foundations of Drama 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor. Corequisites: THEA 150X.
THEA 150X Theatrical Readings 2.0 FA
Corequisites: THEA 150.
THEA 160 Foundations of Acting 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor.
THEA 170 Foundations of Design 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Declared Theatre or Musical Theatre major or minor.
THEA 250 Textual Analysis for Prod 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: For Theatre and Musical Theatre majors: THEA 150; for Theatre minors and all others: THEA 110.
THEA 350 History of Modern Theatre 3.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 350X is required.
THEA 350X Readings in Dramatic Lit 1.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 350 is required.

Rehearsal/Acting Practica: 2 units

2 units selected from:

THEA 201 Theatre Rehearsal I 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
THEA 202 Musical Theatre Rehearsal I 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
THEA 203 Dance Theatre Rehearsal I 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.

Technical Theatre Practica: 2 units

2 units selected from:

THEA 204 Costume Practice I 1.0 FS
THEA 205 Scene/Light Practice I 1.0 FS
THEA 206 Production Assistant I 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.

Note: No more than 6 units of practica may be counted toward degree requirements.

Electives Requirement: 27 units

27 units selected from:

Any Theatre Arts (THEA) courses, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. A minimum of 8 units of electives must be upper division. No more than six units of practica may be counted toward degree requirements.

Special Theatre Requirements

Students must participate in auditions for all Theatre productions or make portfolio presentations. Enrollment in THEA 401, THEA 402, THEA 406, THEA 460, THEA 470 and participation in production assignment(s) are determined by satisfactory completion of audition and portfolio presentations each semester.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.